Archive for the 'Living Expenses' Category

How to save money on living expenses such as food, gas, electricity, broadband, insurance, mobiles phones and transport by doing research & shopping around for the lowest prices

Buying Separate Home Contents Insurance

As we live in a flat, there is a common buildings insurance policy, which is arranged by the factor (property manager), we have to buy separate home insurance cover. The premium that we pay for the buildings insurance for a top floor three bedroom flat is already higher than the joint buildings and contents insurance […]

Boiler Insurance: What You Should Know

After buying your new boiler, the next step is to purchase a suitable boiler cover plan. This means in the event of a boiler breakdown; the service provider will have an engineer diagnose the problem and fix it. In addition, if your plan includes a servicing contract, then an engineer will service the boiler on […]

Tips for Buying a Cheap Second Hand Car

The newest cars on the market are often unattainable for most, making second-hand cars the preferred choice for many people wanting to get behind the wheel. Buying a new set of wheels can prove somewhat daunting, though, with a large number of us not having a clue what to look for. Whether purchasing a second-hand […]

Review of Acer CB515-1HT 15 Inch Chromebook

In October 2017, started thinking about replacing my then six year old Samsung R519 laptop. However, I never got around to doing it. Partly because I was unsure of what I should buy as a replacement and partly because the Samsung could do everything required. But recently the Samsung laptop had become so slow, that […]

Review of JD Williams

I always have problems finding reasonably priced comfortable shoes for my large wide feet. I decided to go to Evans in Glsagow during their sale to see if I could find anything suitable. I thought that Evans was in the St Enoch Centre. When I asked at the information desk in the shopping centre I […]

Appliances Not Built to Last

When we moved to Stirling last year, I purchased a Russell Hobbs kettle and a Sharp microwave. I didn’t go for the cheapest products. I liked the shape of the Russell Hobbs kettle, plus you could boil as little as a cupful of water. Also, the silver finish matched for our toaster. As we do […]

The Importance of Knowing Your Rights As a Consumer

I recently bought three new tyres for my car. It was really annoying as all four tyres were quite evenly worn and I thought I’d get at least another year out of them. However the discovery of a screw embedded in the side of a rear tyre put paid to my plans. I was advised that […]

BT Increase Prices Again

I received an email from BT to say that the price for our broadband was increasing by £2.50 a month from the following month. BT last increased their prices in November 2017, only ten months ago. At that time, I phoned BT to say that I wasn’t happy with the price increase. If signed up […]

Saving Money on Mobile Phone Contracts

A consumer’s mobile phone contract is now a considerable part of their monthly spend. The national average salary is £539 per week, £2,335.66 per month making the annual average wage £28,027.99. The average monthly mobile phone bill in the UK is £45.60 per month. That’s a whopping £547.70 UK consumers spend on average on their […]

There’s No Winning With Car Insurance

I recently had a close encounter with a wall when parking the car in the lane at the back of our son’s flat in Glasgow. It was so stupid. I knew that it was tight to park there. I thought I was being careful, but as I turned in the back passenger door of the […]